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Old 09-18-12, 06:27 AM
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My finally finished new/old commuter

Finally finished my parts on hand commuter (only had to buy tires, tubes, and shifter inner cables). It is a 1971ish Steyr/Puch Clubman. . I wanted a bike that was comfy, highly visible with fenders and able to handle wider tires. I have ridden to work twice-44 miles and another 20 or so miles. The bike smoothes out the tar and gravel roads that is about a 1/3 of my commute very well. Still tweaking the setup-may have to upgrade the Sora front derailleur.





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Thats a beauty that looks to nice to ride to work. Beautiful job
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really nice paint job, love the rake on the front fork, it must be comfy and not twitchy, rear rack looks very straight forward and simple with sturdy basic moutning, all of which I find I like. what those things mounted on the fork? lights?
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Sharp looking bike, though that stem gives your handlebars the look of a reared back cobra.
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Old 09-18-12, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
really nice paint job, love the rake on the front fork, it must be comfy and not twitchy, rear rack looks very straight forward and simple with sturdy basic moutning, all of which I find I like. what those things mounted on the fork? lights?
Thanks all. Yes, my Night Rider cordless mini Newt is mounted on the fork via a reflector mount, lag bolt several washers a piece of 1" aluminum tubing and lock washers and nuts. I have not tried it out yet, will Wednesday morning. I did not care for the light up on the bars, so this is my attempt to move it out of the way and lower to the ground.

The rear rack is also custom made from an old aluminum chart stand.
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Old 09-18-12, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Surrealdeal View Post
Sharp looking bike, though that stem gives your handlebars the look of a reared back cobra.
Agreed. The bars are way up there. Would like a shorter stem and then I could have better reach with out the bars tilted up so.
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Old 09-18-12, 01:05 PM
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Harris Cyclery in West Newton, MA should be able to set you up with a suitable stem. They have an online store and also helpful on the phone.
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That turned out nice... really love the forks.
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Love it. That looks really comfy.
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I dig it!
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Looks like a very well chosen frame and well executed build. I do question the effectiveness of that front fender at shielding anything but the downtube and front brake from tire spray.
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I am liking that fork light mount. I may have to steal that idea.
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Originally Posted by old's'cool View Post
Looks like a very well chosen frame and well executed build. I do question the effectiveness of that front fender at shielding anything but the downtube and front brake from tire spray.
Have not had the need to ride in wet conditions yet. Recommendations on more front coverage?
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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
I am liking that fork light mount. I may have to steal that idea.
Rode with front fork light mount on Wednesday morning 6-7 am. Liked the light closer to the rode. Did not like the shadow that the tire made between the 10-11 o'clock radius. Would work if light was above tire line or if there were dual lights, one on each side.
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Try moving the light a tad lower. The shadow could be smaller
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Originally Posted by owen006 View Post
Have not had the need to ride in wet conditions yet. Recommendations on more front coverage?

I'd custom make a mudguard (maybe out of stair tread?) that would bring the coverage lower. Other than that minor issue, lovely build!
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Very cool! I also have a Steyr Clubman (actually two of them, but only one ready to ride) and a matching set of Steyr pistols to go with it. All I lack is a Steyr Scout rifle to complete the set. I went simple single speed with mine, but now you have me thinking i might want to modernize it a bit.
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Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider View Post
I'd custom make a mudguard (maybe out of stair tread?) that would bring the coverage lower. Other than that minor issue, lovely build!
Thanks, I may tinker some more when I have the time.
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Originally Posted by WorldPax View Post
Very cool! I also have a Steyr Clubman (actually two of them, but only one ready to ride) and a matching set of Steyr pistols to go with it. All I lack is a Steyr Scout rifle to complete the set. I went simple single speed with mine, but now you have me thinking i might want to modernize it a bit.
I lucked up on my Steyr. A guy not far from me gets old bike to refurbish, mostly big box store types, but I go by when I don't have a project to see what he has...and he had this lugged steel steed for $10. Worked on and off on it till I decided the direction I wanted to go which was cheap. Turned out nice an rides very well on my commute.
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Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider View Post
I'd custom make a mudguard (maybe out of stair tread?) that would bring the coverage lower. Other than that minor issue, lovely build!
Most front fenders go quite a bit lower than the one in the OP photo, and many come with a small mudguard.
Even so, you'd be surprised how much spray from the front tire impinges directly on the crankset and your feet, when there's a lot of water on the roadway. If you have to ride in the rain a lot, you'll probably want to experiment with custom mudguards until you have enough coverage, as Sirrus suggests.
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Love it! Good work.
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